I remember feeling inspired, impressed, and in awe of Miller’s victim impact statement as Emily Doe when it came out in 2016. Miller brings that same level of strength and eloquence to this stunning memoir. She takes back her power – after having been reduced to an unconscious victim – by writing beautifully and vulnerably about herself and her life, both before and after the assault. Her story shows us that we must do better, we must be better, in a society that so corruptly mistreats survivors of sexual assault.
Machado redefines what a memoir can be and do through her inventive and incredibly honest story that masterfully grapples with domestic violence in queer relationships. Her prose yet again blew me away, equal parts sensitive and staggering. Carmen's story is hard to describe due to its endless layers, but some words that come to mind are beautiful, devastating, lovely, strange, and utterly unique from any memoir I have experienced before. In the Dream House is essential reading that shines a light on an often neglected corner of the human experience.
Lindy West is back with a new collection of essays that are the ultimate clap back, sure to make you laugh, while simultaneously firing you up to change the world. Let’s face it, being a woman in today’s political climate is hard. Reading her essays made me feel like I wasn’t alone I felt empowered and a sense of solidarity knowing that there are other women out there who are angry and who are actively fighting for change. Lindy doesn’t present anything with rose colored glasses, but rather gives us the blunt honesty that we desperately need. The witches are coming, and we can join and help them!